Africa needs to broaden its focus during global trade discussions over issues such as cotton trade, according to an International Monetary Fund reported published on Monday.

The report, 'Africa in the Doha Round', said that Africa would gain from growing trade links with other developing countries

The paper explains that negotiators in World Trade Organization discussions could be too stuck on the issue of breaking into affluent countries' markets.

Forthcoming talks between the WTO's 148 member countries are expected to concentrate on rich-country agricultural subsidies.